The Bonner Bridge Replacement Project will replace the existing bridge over Oregon Inlet and provide for the long-term retention of N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe. The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, located in Dare County, opened in 1963 and provides the only highway connection between Hatteras Island and mainland North Carolina.
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Design work is currently under way on Phase I of this project, the replacement of the existing Bonner Bridge. NCDOT has applied for the environmental permits associated with the project, and continues to work with state and federal environmental agencies to ensure construction has minimal effects to the surrounding area.
NCDOT awarded on July 26, 2011 a $215.8 million contract to replace the bridge to the design-build team of PCL Civil Constructors Inc. and HDR Engineering Inc. of the Carolinas. The contract amount is $25.8 million less than NCDOT’s estimated cost to build the new bridge.
Construction is set to begin in early 2013, pending the results of an ongoing lawsuit. PCL Civil Constructors is scheduled to open the new bridge to traffic in spring 2015 and demolish the majority of the existing bridge in 2016. A portion of the existing bridge will remain in place and be transformed into a fishing pier.
NCDOT has also begun work on Phase II of this project, which includes long-term solutions to the portions of N.C. 12 that were damaged during Hurricane Irene in 2011.
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NCDOT is currently the defendant in a lawsuit initiated by national organizations regarding the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project. The 25-page document below provides NCDOT’s response to the allegations made by the plaintiffs.
Project Background and Purpose
The Bonner Bridge Replacement Project will:
- Provide a new, reliable way for residents, tourists and businesses to travel from Bodie Island over Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Island prior to the end of the Bonner Bridge’s service life;
- Replace the bridge with a design that serves navigation needs, while also allowing natural channel movement and reducing future dredging needs; and
- Provide a new bridge that shoreline movement will not endanger through 2050.
NCDOT examined a total of eight detailed study alternatives within two corridors before selecting a preferred alternative in 2010. This alternative is detailed in the Record of Decision.
The selected alternative breaks the project into phases:
- Phase I includes building the new bridge just west of where the Bonner Bridge currently stands.
- The exact plan for implementing future phases will be determined, based on the department’s active coastal monitoring program. It helps NCDOT decide where and when to make improvements to N.C. 12 from the south end of the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe. Any of the alternatives (beach nourishment, road relocation and bridging) previously studied as part of the original environmental analysis could be considered for future phases.
- Phase II of the project is currently under way and includes implementing permanent solutions for the two breaches caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. NCDOT expects to award a contract for construction at the Pea Island breach in the spring of 2013. The department plans to award a contract for construction at the Rodanthe breach in the fall of 2013.
Click on the link below to access the environmental documents and maps associated with the project.
This video provides a visualization of what the new Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet in Dare County will look like once construction is complete.
Photos from the Bonner Bridge repair project.
Beth Smyre, P.E.
Project Planning Engineer
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Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.